Reading Sounds: Closed-Captioned Media and Popular Culture (Hardback)Sean Zdenek (author)
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Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 612 g
Dimensions: 231 x 152 x 28 mm
"Zdenek has not only broken new ground in the rhetorical analysis of closed captioning, he has also left no stone unturned in dissecting the different ways that captioners make rhetorical choices in describing sound--and more specifically, nonspeech sound--in textual form in television shows and movies. He has delivered a panoramic view of the rhetorical quality of closed captioning in popular media for scholars in technical communication, multimodal composition, disability studies, accessibility, and sound studies. Reading Sounds seems destined to be a foundational text that will be referenced by accessibility and caption scholars--starting with this reviewer--in the years to come."--Janine Butler "Rhetoric Review "
"This is a tremendously accessible book. Reading Sounds studies closed captioning in such a nuanced way that it should be required reading for anyone interested in the interface between technical communication or rhetoric and technology. Those who really care about how meaning is made through new media will want to read this book."--Jay Dolmage, author of Disability Rhetoric
"In Reading Sounds, Zdenek carves out entirely new rhetorical terrain focused on close examination of video captioning. After reading this book--even if you don't regularly make use of closed captions--you'll never experience captions the same way again. Zdenek ranges broadly, addressing the complex decisions made by captioners, the depth of cultural experience and resources necessary to produce quality captions, and the ways that readers read and respond to captions. Bridging rhetoric studies, sound studies, and multimedia studies, Zdenek's lively, accessible book creates a new vocabulary for thinking about the effects that captions have on the way we experience multimedia."--Stephanie Kerschbaum, University of Delaware
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